badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
blackish red with small beige head. aroma of caramelized sugar, alcohol, black licorice...big sweetness like the regular dirty..dark fruits (prune and raisin), alcohol, and burnt sugar all around..
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Founders. Served in a snifter.
Pours a very, very dark brown with a thin tan head that persists for a bit before fading into a thin collar around the edges. The nice has a bit of nice sweetness and some dark fruits. Some toasted malt as well. Molasses and brown sugar carry through as it warms up. The flavor has a really nice molasses-like character along with dark fruits and a bit of warming booze in the finish. Medium body with low carbonation. Very well done.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 05-03-2011
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 5/1/11. Growler brought back from the Grand Rapids Brew Pub. A woman at the brew pub said it was the Dirty Bastard brewed with darker malts, brewed for the Block Party. Pours opaque with a dark brown hue. Moldy tan head with a thick ring. Aromas of sweet, candy strawberries, mild brownies and a soda like citrus note. Full bodied with a full and rounded palate. Dry and sticky body. Really nice toasted malts, anise, pepper, cookies and fudge flavors. Subtle coffee and dark chocolate notes that both add to the astringency and drying bitter note. The citrus and piney hop kick develops towards the back of the palate and, also add to the bitterness from the black malts. Both the fudge and citrus flavors linger along with the modest effervescence and the tart berry nuances into the finish. The woman who picked up the phone referred to it as the Dirty Bastard with a shot of Porter added to it. That about sums it up! But it is a really nice blending considering I love both of those beers. The sweet, stickiness of the Dirty Bastard and the roasted malty flavor of the Porter play really nice off of the other, resulting in a wonderfully blended beer! Quite a treat!